Meet Our Fellows

 Current Fellows

Epstein Rachel Epstein: Rachel completed a Master’s degree in Biology with a focus in bioinformatics at Wesleyan University and obtained her medical degree from Jefferson Medical College. She completed a combined Internal Medicine / Pediatrics residency at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University / Rhode Island Hospital, and is board certified in both fields. She is the first fellow to train in a combined adult and pediatric Infectious Diseases fellowship program at BMC. She is interested in clinical research in HIV with a particular focus on transitioning adolescent and young adult patients, and she plans to enroll in the BU-CHART program.  She also has interests in global health and women’s health/contraception/STIs.  In her free time she enjoys running, biking, tennis/squash, photography, travelling, and sharing her baking endeavors.
Gallegos -photo Jaime Gallegos Salazar: Jaime obtained his Medical Degree from The Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia, Peru in 2009. He did a research fellowship at the Motion Analysis Laboratory at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, Boston, MA in 2011-2012, and completed his residency training in Internal Medicine at Georgetown University/Washington Hospital Center Medstar in Washington, DC in 2015. His areas of interest include antibiotic stewardship, and tropical diseases.
Ruihong Luo: Ruihong obtained her medical degree from Sun Yat-sen University in China. After graduation, she was a physician of infectious diseases and meanwhile worked on different kinds of clinical research in an academic hospital in China before immigrating to the U.S. Before her residency training in University of Nevada School of Medicine, she was a researcher at University of California Irvine and focused on database studies. She is interested in epidemiologic studies of infectious diseases, especially the hospital infection control, antibiotic stewardship and emerging diseases.
Memon-photo Babar Memon: Babar received his medical degree from Dow Medical College in Karachi, Pakistan. He then attended the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, where he earned a Master’s Degree in Control of Infectious Diseases. He completed his medicine residency at Carney Hospital, an affiliate of Tufts University School of Medicine. His research interests include nosocomial infections and multi-drug resistant bacteria. His hobbies include traveling, watching sports and spending time with his family.

Recent Graduates

Felipe Barbosa: Felipe went to medical school at the Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais in Brazil. After graduation, he earned a Masters of Health Sciences degree in Tropical Medicine. His research in Brazil was focused on Chagas disease. He completed his residency at MetroWest Medical Center in Massachusetts. He is fluent in Portuguese and Spanish. He is interested in neglected diseases and  HIV/HCV in underserved populations.

Kenechukwu Obiokoye: Kenechukwu obtained his medical degree from the College of Medicine, University of Nigeria and completed his residency in  internal medicine at the Harlem Hospital Center in New York City. He is committed to a career in public health and in studying health disparities. He hopes  to complete a Masters of Science degree in Epidemiology. He is interested in Hospital Epidemiology, HIV and emerging diseases.

Carlos Acuna-Villaorduna MD: Carlos earned his medical degree from Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia in Lima, Peru. He was a research fellow at “Alexander Von Humboldt Tropical Medicine Institute” before starting his medicine residency at Georgetown University/Washington Hospital Center. He completed a Master’s degree in Epidemiology at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. He is interested in the mathematical modelling of infectious diseases, as well as tuberculosis and antibiotic stewardship. Carlos is a huge soccer fan and follows the British Premier and UEFA Champions League passionately.

Morgan Freiman MD: Morgan obtained her medical degree from the University of Nevada and completed her medical residency at Boston Medical Center.  She is currently completing a Masters of Science degree in Epidemiology at the Boston University School of Public Health and is a member of the BU-CHART and CREST programs. Her research focuses on clinical outcomes among HIV/HCV coinfected patients, and she is currently examining extra-hepatic manifestations of inflammation among this population. She is also interested in health care disparities among rural communities, and improving access to care with use of tele-medicine.

Amanda Thornton: Amanda received her undergraduate degree in Biology at Harvard University and graduated from Dartmouth Medical school.  She completed her residency in Internal Medicine at Kaiser Permanente Oakland and is enthusiastic about integrated health care systems.  She is interested in antibiotic stewardship, healthcare-associated infections and the history of medical care systems.  She has published a paper on the medical care offered to slaves in 18th century Jamaica as described in the journals of Thomas Thistlewood.  She will be studying the interactions between Clostridium difficile and obesity as her primary research project.

Katherine Linsenmeyer MD: Katie received both her undergraduate and medical degree from Saint Louis University in St. Louis, Missouri. She then went on to complete an internal medicine residency at Boston Medical Center. Katie is now pursuing the Antimicrobial Stewardship/Healthcare Epidemiology track within the fellowship. Her primary research project pertains to resistance patterns of, and physician prescribing for, multidrug-resistant gram-negative organisms with at the VA.


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